We tested the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro. This is a smartphone that wants to be very efficient without seeing its price soar. The formula is a priori tempting on many points, but is the test transformed? Here is our full review.
The Poco F2 Pro is part of the Xiaomi family. This phone tries above all to seduce by its very high performance without seeing its price skyrocket. But power is not everything, because several other criteria must be taken into account before judging a smartphone. However, precisely, that seems to have been equipped with weighty arguments. Here is our full test.
NB: this test was carried out with a smartphone loaned by Xiaomi.
The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro test in video
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Technical sheet of Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
A neat, but a bit massive smartphone
With this Poco F2 Pro, Xiaomi is updating a design that has been a little less fashionable in recent times compared to last year. The smartphone does not take advantage of any notches or holes at the top of its screen to house the front camera. Instead, he chooses a retractable camera that only comes out of its sheath when it is used. The brand does not offer anything fundamentally new, but it is still enough to slightly distinguish this device from the competition where the punch is particularly fashionable in almost all price segments. Note that the pop-up camera has two small light bars on each side that light up when the system activates.
Consequently, the immersion in the screen is done immediately, at first glance. Admittedly, having a flat panel creates a black outline around the display area, but it doesn't really bother aesthetically. And then we must also say that, without curvatures, we avoid making bad manipulations by touching the edges of the screen.
In hand, the Poco F2 Pro offers good sensations. The finishes are really well worked to offer very pleasant curves in the palm. Unfortunately, that does not erase two things: the phone is a bit messy with its dimensions of 8.9 x 75.4 x 163.3 mm. It is thus a little bit thicker (but smaller) than a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. A beautiful, chubby baby that may bother those with smaller hands, especially since he weighs his weight with 218 grams.
To sum it up as clearly as possible: it is a pleasant phone to use for those who are not bothered by large formats and fairly heavy devices. You have been warned.
On the back, we are entitled to a glass surface which contributes to the good general impression left by the Poco F2 Pro with reflections that are ultimately quite sober, but pleasing to the eye. On the upper half, well centered, sits the circular photo module housing four sensors and surmounting the LED flash. The fairly large format of this camera prevents the smartphone from being wobbly, despite a slight protrusion. A good point when you want to lay the terminal flat on a table.
The fingerprint reader is placed in the screen, not too close to the bottom border, which makes it easily accessible with the thumb. On the right edge, note that the unlock button is colored to better attract the eye. The volume keys are just above.
Then, you have to look down to see the USB-C port, but admire the upper dimension to discover the 3.5 mm jack. Note, however, that the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro is not certified waterproof.
The perfect screen … in 60 Hz
It's a beautiful, large 6.67-inch AMOLED screen that benefits the Poco F2 Pro – with a definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels (Full HD +). On a daily basis, it is excellent on all aspects. There really wasn't a time when it disappointed me. However, there is still a defect to note, but it comes more from the comparison with the competition than from the phone itself. Indeed, the panel we have in front of us cannot exceed a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which is something very classic.
The Poco F2 Pro therefore does not taste 90 Hz and even less 120 Hz synonymous with exemplary fluidity: a bit of a shame for a brand whose DNA was very gaming oriented at the origin. That said, to put it simply: the slab we have in front of us here is perfect as long as you are not aiming for anything other than 60 Hz. Indeed, we should note the maximum brightness which peaks at 757 cd / m². This is more than enough to distinguish everything that appears on the screen even in bright light. The praise also goes for perfect contrast thanks to the extinct black pixels of AMOLED technology.
As for colors, there is something for everyone. The auto mode set by default adapts the colorimetry of the screen according to the ambient light. This basic option also allows you to adjust a palette to tend to warmer or cooler tones.
Two other modes are also available: saturated and standard. The saturated option is aptly named: the colors are sublimated to move away from reality and tend towards blue. Our colorimetric probe, aided by CalMAN software from Portrait Displays, thus records a temperature of 7470 K when the ideal is around 6500 K. In return, we take advantage of a very rich variety of tones with a sRGB color space covered at height. 202%. The DCi-P3, which is harder to manage because it is larger, is also honorably covered at 135%. These are excellent results.
The average Delta E thus amounts to 4.37 on the DCI-P3. We would have preferred to see it closer to 3 for better fidelity to the colors supposed to be displayed, but this is still quite good.
For better fidelity to reality, the standard mode sees its temperature approaching 6310 K and enjoys an average Delta E on the DCI-P3 of 3.76, which is frankly exciting.
Unfortunately, the standard mode does not offer such a muscular game to display a beautiful plurality of colors. Its sRGB and DCI-P3 coverage rates drop to only 101 and 67% respectively. It does the job, but without shining.
So the best choice is probably to keep the default option and possibly play with the palette cursor to have the visual experience that suits you best.
Yes for MIUI, but still some improvements to make
Xiaomi obliges, the Poco F2 Pro takes advantage of the MIUI 11 home interface with all the customizations that we know and that we appreciate a lot such as dark mode or gesture navigation to name the most important.
As for the app drawer, it is very similar to what you find on other Xiaomi smartphones with apps categorized – but it's something you can turn off for a more classic display. The difference from the Poco F2 Pro is that it does not allow the possibility of deactivating the said drawer, since it works with the Poco Launcher.
Once again, Xiaomi highlights the Google applications and we thus find the Google One or Google Podcasts services preinstalled while they are not part of the requirements of the Mountain View company to market an Android smartphone certified by the American giant . That doesn’t prevent some home apps from also being there, like the browser even if it is duplicated with Chrome.
A bit of a shame, some translation errors or confusion have crept into the interface. Thus, the weather sticker at the top right of the home screen can indicate "clean" Now, I think she wanted to tell me that the sky was "cleared" Another awkwardness on the locked screen, the Poco F2 Pro specifies that you have to swipe your finger up to access the phone – no problem here -, but he asks "carryThe camera icon to the right to launch the camera. The verb "to move" would undoubtedly have been more relevant.
There may also be some confusion between the Full screen mode and Full screen display options, which correspond respectively to the display on the whole surface of the screen and to the configuration of navigation by gestures.
More annoying, Xiaomi's antivirus still has a certain propensity to run when you download an application, even when it comes from the Play Store. This initiative is not really useful, but above all it is a pretext to display advertising during installation. A fascinating function which it is fortunately possible to deactivate.
In this price segment, the NFC is obviously there for your mobile payments or to validate your tickets. For your SVoD services, know that the Poco F2 Pro is compatible with the DRM Widevine L1. In French, this means that you will enjoy HD stream on your Netflix or Disney + movies and series without any problem.
Face recognition and fingerprint reader
I really appreciate the efficiency of the Poco F2 Pro finger scanner. Responsive, easy to find with your thumb, it is pleasant to use every day. We can also dwell on facial recognition since, remember, we have here a pop-up front camera that must come out of its housing to identify your trombine.
The process doesn't take much time – it's even very quick as you can see in the video associated with the tweet below.
– Omar Belkaab (@OmarBelkaab) June 24, 2020
Is this speed of execution a good thing? Not necessarily if you want to enjoy a perfectly secure terminal. The Poco F2 Pro does not offer a safer 3D facial recognition system. The smartphone simply compares your face to the 2D photo it has saved. Besides, I managed to unlock it by turning my head to the side. In other words, the camera just needed to see my ear.
A very good, but lonely speaker
The speaker of the Poco F2 Pro is very powerful and can wrap up a conversation of several people. It would almost be enough to replace a connected speaker if you want to set the mood for the evening, but this is an ambitious project. Note above all that the phone does not offer a stereo experience. When playing a video game in landscape mode, you will have to be careful not to cover the grid with your finger, because otherwise you will not hear anything.
In terms of quality, there is nothing really special to report. The audio performance is really satisfactory with a detailed sound reproduction … when you don't cover the speaker again. With wired headphones, you will enjoy excellent audio quality.
No real false note in photo
The photo module on the back of the phone offers the following configuration:
- 64-megapixel main sensor (f / 1.89);
- 13-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 123 degrees (f / 2.4);
- sensor with macro lens of 5 megapixels for a focus of 3 to 7 cm;
- 2 megapixel depth sensor (f / 2.4).
Before starting, and as always on Xiaomi smartphones, photos suffer by default from a watermark that appears in the lower left. It's still just as annoying, so don't hesitate to turn off this watermark.
In the middle of the day, the quality of the photos is really good with colors that stand out very well, especially because they are slightly saturated, without zeal, however. The level of detail is good and the dynamics generally well managed to correctly expose the scenes.
You can also opt for AI mode which promises to use artificial intelligence to recognize scenes and optimize image rendering. Concretely, we get indeed a little more intense colors than with the classic mode. A matter of personal taste.
In night shots, the phone manages to maintain fairly good picture quality, but it will often need a little help to provide satisfactory exposure. So, if the immortalized scene has a strong light source and a darkened area, do not hesitate to press the part of the image you want to highlight. Without this little gesture, the Poco F2 Pro tends to offer a really satisfactory in-between step between the brightest and darkest areas of the image. The atmosphere that emerges from the picture then changes completely.
In any case, the pictures suffer from a fairly high level of noise. It's just visible enough to be noticed, but never crippling.
You also benefit from a night mode to better light the scene. On the Poco F2 Pro, this feature is quite effective and, depending on the situation, it is worth trying for a more nifty rendering.
You can also use a 64 megapixel mode to take more detailed pictures. In fact, you will benefit from images containing more information when the light conditions are favorable. However, this will not be without consequences for your storage space and the gain in sharpness is not necessarily worth the effort.
In the image below, for example, we can clearly see that the extract from the 64-megapixel photo offers a finer level of detail, but the situations in which this improvement will be really relevant are not legion either. In other words, this 64MP mode is good, but not to the point of convincing on its own to fall for the Poco F2 Pro.
The ultra-wide angle does well enough to display photos where you can see more in the scene. Unfortunately, depending on the situation, we oscillate between good color consistency with the main sensor and very marked saturation of the tones. From time to time, this shooting mode also lacks a bit of brightness. This is obviously felt mainly on night shots on which it is also necessary to deal with noise very present in the image.
The Poco F2 Pro also offers a fairly precise portrait mode in the line it draws between the photographed face and the blurred background. Please note, some strands are misinterpreted depending on the hairstyle of the person in front of the lens. The system also tends to want to force the sharpness of the face to put it even more forward. We thus see well-marked micro-contrasts, which sometimes gives an air a little too far from reality. Also, you can play with the intensity of the blur even after shooting.
Macro mode is very effective for focusing on objects very close to the lens. In some cases, you will be able to focus on small details that do not necessarily stand out when taking a classic photo. Alas, with 5 megapixel images, we remain on a limited definition which does not allow this option to go beyond the simple rank of gadget. We have fun with it a few times, but that is not one of the main uses of the camera.
On the selfie side, the 20-megapixel front camera does pretty well to effectively transcribe the lines of your face. The behavior of the phone that might surprise here concerns the way in which it tends to light up the night scenes a lot. So even when the sky is dark enough, your selfie can make it seem like the evening is just starting.
Conversely, on some shots taken while it was still daylight appear a little too dark.
We will take this opportunity to note here that, by default, the pop-up camera system emits a sound and is accompanied by a light effect. When I went to the Pop-up Camera option of the camera, I quickly got rid of the little melody, but I liked the light show. Either way, there are a number of options available to you to personalize your experience.
On video, the Poco F2 Pro can shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second, but an option even lets you taste the 8K recording. Remember that the 8K is not necessarily a very relevant element at the moment where quite few equipment and platforms are compatible with this level of definition. That said, some may see an interest in making certain videos more comfortable.
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In these two modes, do not count on a large image stabilization, the use of a tripod or a stabilizer for smartphones is therefore recommended.
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In selfies, videos go up to classic 1080p.
Lots of power and a little bit of heat
It’s an attractive Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 that is maneuvering this Poco F2 Pro. Suffice to say that it has no trouble deploying full power so that your games go smoothly. Fortnite thus runs very smoothly in epic quality with 3D resolution pushed to 100%. However, it remains capped at 30 fps, but it is up to the publisher Epic Games to unlock the 60 fps.
Même son de cloche sur Call of Duty Mobile où vous pourrez allègrement cocher « très élevé » pour déterminer la qualité des graphismes et « Max » pour la fréquence d’images par seconde. Le Poco F2 Pro ne bronchera pas pour s’acquitter de cette tâche.
|Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro||Realme X50 Pro (60 Hz)||Samsung Galaxy S10 (Full HD+)||OnePlus 8 Pro (120 Hz)|
|AnTuTu 8.x||570 595||591 734||nc||584 217|
|PCMark 2.0||9 964||12 126||7 781||11 364|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme||7 236||7 170||4 357||7 089|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme Graphics||8 313||8 211||5 260||8 103|
|3DMark Slingshot Extreme Physics||4 978||4 966||2 752||4 929|
|GFXBench Aztec Vulkan High||29 / 20 FPS||30 / 20 FPS||20 / 16 FPS||18 / 20 FPS|
|GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen)||43 / 51 FPS||45 / 51 FPS||37 / 39 FPS||26 / 51 FPS|
|GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen)||60 / 125 FPS||60 / 125 FPS||58 / 86 FPS||59 / 123 FPS|
|Lecture / écriture séquentielle||1 689 / 725 Mo/s||1 745 / 764 Mo/s||815 / 194 Mo/s||1 731 / 754 Mo/s|
|Lecture / écriture aléatoire||58,6k / 55,8k IOPS||53,9k / 51,6k IOPS||35,5k / 6,3k Mo/s||52,8k / 50k IOPS|
Notez que j’ai testé le téléphone alors qu’une vague de chaleur s’abattait sur la France. Des fortes températures ressenties également par le téléphone qui a considérablement chauffé à certains moments — au point de me faire transpirer des mains. Toutefois, dès que je lançais une partie en fin de journée, avec une atmosphère plus fraîche, l’appareil tiédissait plus qu’il ne brûlait. Une meilleure dissipation de la chaleur n’aurait pas été de refus cela dit.
Sur les benchmarks, on peut voir qu’il est parfois sensiblement en deçà d’un Realme X50 Pro… mais il coûte aussi sensiblement moins cher.
Une autonomie confortable
Le Poco F2 Pro jouit d’une batterie de 4700 mAh et offre ainsi une autonomie solide et rassurante tout au long de la journée. On peut le dire, il s’agit d’une bonne référence dans ce domaine. Par exemple, même en poussant la luminosité de l’écran à un niveau assez élevé, une partie de Fortnite avec tous les paramètres graphiques réglés au maximum consomme 6 à 7 % de batterie. Un constat plutôt reluisant quand on sait à quel point ce jeu est énergivore.
Vous pouvez donc faire confiance au Poco F2 Pro pour ne pas vous lâcher brusquement avant que la journée se termine. À dire vrai, il vous emmène carrément jusqu’à la moitié de la journée suivante avec une utilisation active de la batterie. On remarquera quand même qu’en enchaînant un grand nombre d’applications à la suite, le smartphone peut voir le pourcentage de l’icône pile fondre un peu plus précipitamment. Ce n’est toutefois vraiment rien d’affolant.
Soumis à notre protocole de test personnalisé ViSer, le Poco F2 Pro a tenu bon face aux épreuves pendant 12 heures et trente minutes. Un résultat qui s’inscrit dans une moyenne très haute. Le chargeur rapide de 33 W livré avec le produit vous permettra de passer de 6 à 100 % de batterie en à peu près une heure et vingt minutes.
Compatible 5G, mais des appels pas terribles
Le Poco F2 Pro est compatible avec toutes les bandes de fréquence 4G française. À titre personnel, je n’ai pas rencontré le moindre souci pour capter le réseau d’Orange en région parisienne. Le téléphone est également compatible avec le réseau 5G. Il se contente toutefois des bandes de fréquence sous les 6 GHz (sub-6) et ne fonctionne pas avec les ondes millimétriques qui ne seront de toute manière déployées en France que dans quelques années.
Côté précision de la géolocalisation, il n’y a rien de particulier à signaler, tout fonctionne efficacement.
Hélas, le Poco F2 Pro est un téléphone qui n’est pas forcément très agréable pour… téléphoner. En effet, lors d’un appel réalisé près d’un carrefour fréquenté dans Paris, mon interlocuteur m’a signalé qu’il entendait bien tout ce qu’il se passait à côté de moi. L’atténuation des bruits alentour n’était en effet pas très marquée, voire même inexistante. Dommage.
Prix et disponibilité du Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
Xiaomi propose le Poco F2 Pro en deux déclinaisons en France : celle équipée de 6 Go de RAM et d’un espace de stockage de 128 Go est vendue au prix officiel de 549,90 euros. Le modèle supérieur de 8/256 Go est disponible à 599,90 euros.